Thursday, February 20, 2003

There is something that really has to be said about the idiotic Shrubbery-driven No Child Left Behind Act
The law says that every racial and demographic group in each school must score higher on standardized tests every year; if any group fails to advance for two consecutive years, a school is labeled "needing improvement." A school that does not shed the label by improving students' scores may have its principal and teachers replaced and face other sanctions, including closing.
"This formula will generate some staggering statistics, because it doesn't distinguish between schools that fall short by just a little and those that miss the mark by a mile," said Michael E. Ward, president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the superintendent of schools in North Carolina, where officials estimate that at least 60 percent of schools will be designated under the law as needing improvement. "I support the legislation, but I don't want it to collapse of its own negative weight."
What can we conclude from this? Here's mine - the No Child Left Behind Act is a GOP trojan horse designed to abolish the public schools. If more than half of the schools are deemed as failing and deserving of no less than a nuking by this act, what other conclusion can be drawn?

Eternal shame on any Democrats who actually voted for this shameless garbage.

[link via today's Daily Howler]

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